Sports: St. John Bosco E-sports Continues to Impress On All Fronts
by Ian Cook
The Bosco E-sports team is in the midst of a very successful season as they seek to compete in the national championships.
After concluding a match that was held a few days ago, the gaming teams in the E-sports program are on track to compete in the national championships in Arlington, Texas. The Director of E-sports, Mr. Gabe Giangualano, expressed his desire for his program to be consistent in hopes of the program having the best season yet.
As of now, the Rainbow Six Siege team has a record of 3-1. The Valorant Team is undefeated thus far, recently beating Clayton Valley High School in Concord, California, while the Overwatch team has a record of 4-2 and is well ahead of the game.
In addition, the Rocket League team has turned many heads during the last few months, being currently undefeated and ranked number one in the state. They hope to be ranked number one in the nation after the High School E-sports League (HCEL) decides where the Braves stand.
“The reason we stand out so much is because we have so many talented players. Our Fortnite team has two phenomenal players, Gabriel Lopez and Isaiah Munoz who have been key factors that have made their team have a lot of success,” said Coach Gabe Giangualano.
Over the weekend, the program’s Valorant Team had a match against an excellent Clayton Valley Cougar Program. Being up two games early, the Braves were taken by surprise as Clayton Valley made a 6-0 run. The Braves found themselves down 11-9.
With four games to win, and having to win by two points the Braves went on a 4-0 run and sealed the game with junior JT Gates scoring a chest shot to win the match.
“We were down early to start the game, but we kept our composure and didn’t let our emotions get the best of us, which is why we ended up winning,” said senior Brandon Suiter.
With the season only getting more competitive, the program needs to stay consistent with their playstyle in hopes of earning a national title in May.
“The competition is only heating up. Valorant, Rocket League and Fortnite need to stay consistent to be a contender in the national championships in Arlington, Texas, and we’re really happy to see Split Tune and Overwatch as well find great chemistry and becoming top finishers in their contest,” said Coach Giangualano.
The E-sports program has taken an athletic approach to their program. This approach to a program has led to the success and has put them ahead of their competition in and out of the Trinity League.
“We are one of the very few schools in the state that takes an athletic approach to a gaming team. We also have a lot of talent spread out in the program, which is ultimately why we have many team’s number during competitions,” said senior Kasen Herroz.
With Mater Dei being their toughest competitor in league play, the Braves have been able to perform at a high level, defeating every Trinity League team thus far and being able to hold themselves to a much higher standard. The Braves created a lot of separation between themselves from other Trinity League teams.
With the E-sports team consistently performing at a national level, the program’s teams hope to continue their success and ultimately win a national title at Esports Stadium Arlington in Arlington, Texas.
The next Bosco E-sports team to play will be the Valorant team, competing on Thursday at 1:00 p.m.